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Centos 7 DNS server not replying to clients

hbaber asked
Last Modified: 2017-03-29
What have I missed?  

I am trying to configure a local DNS server in CentOS 7 and It appears that queries from the server are working to outside but clients are not getting responses from local server.  I can see the request coming in via tcpdump but local server isn't performing the query and replying to client.  

From server:
[root@zotac etc]# nslookup
> server
Default server:
> cnn.com

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:   cnn.com
Name:   cnn.com
Name:   cnn.com
Name:   cnn.com

[root@zotac etc]# netstat -lnp | grep named
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      10028/named
tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      10028/named
udp        0      0  *                           10028/named
[root@zotac etc]#

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From Windows client:
c:\>nslookup cnn.com.
DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
Server:  UnKnown

DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
*** Request to UnKnown timed-out

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Server sees response but not forwarded to forwarding servers
[root@zotac ~]# tcpdump -vvv -s 0 -l -n port 53 -i enp2s0 | grep cnn.com
tcpdump: listening on enp2s0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 65535 bytes > [udp sum ok] 2+ A? cnn.com. (25) > [udp sum ok] 3+ AAAA? cnn.com. (25)

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I expect to see a query to ext DNS and/or reply from local DNS to client.

[root@zotac etc]# cat named.conf
// named.conf
// Provided by Red Hat bind package to configure the ISC BIND named(8) DNS
// server as a caching only nameserver (as a localhost DNS resolver only).
// See /usr/share/doc/bind*/sample/ for example named configuration files.
// See the BIND Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM) for details about the
// configuration located in /usr/share/doc/bind-{version}/Bv9ARM.html
acl "trusted" {;

options {
        //listen-on-v6 port 53 { ::1; };
        directory       "/var/named";
        dump-file       "/var/named/data/cache_dump.db";
        statistics-file "/var/named/data/named_stats.txt";
        memstatistics-file "/var/named/data/named_mem_stats.txt";
        allow-query { trusted; };
        allow-transfer {;};

         - If you are building an AUTHORITATIVE DNS server, do NOT enable recursion.
         - If you are building a RECURSIVE (caching) DNS server, you need to enable
         - If your recursive DNS server has a public IP address, you MUST enable access
           control to limit queries to your legitimate users. Failing to do so will
           cause your server to become part of large scale DNS amplification
           attacks. Implementing BCP38 within your network would greatly
           reduce such attack surface
        recursion yes;

        dnssec-enable no;
        dnssec-validation no;

        /* Path to ISC DLV key */
        bindkeys-file "/etc/named.iscdlv.key";

        managed-keys-directory "/var/named/dynamic";

        pid-file "/run/named/named.pid";
        session-keyfile "/run/named/session.key";
        forwarders {
        forward first;
        listen-on port 53 {

logging {
        channel default_debug {
                file "data/named.run";
                severity dynamic;

zone "." IN {
        type hint;
        file "named.ca";

include "/etc/named.rfc1912.zones";
include "/etc/named.root.key";

key rndc-key {
        algorithm hmac-md5;
        secret "secretpassword";
controls {
        inet port 953 allow {; } keys { rndc-key; };
zone "kfs.local" IN {
        type master;
        file "/var/named/kfs.local.hosts";
        allow-update { none; };
zone "10.30.3.in-addr.arpa" {
        type master;
        file "/var/named/3.30.10.rev";
[root@zotac etc]#

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